UCalgary peer programs

Sometimes you want to talk to someone with the same experience as you.

Peer support

Visit a virtual drop-in peer support program where student volunteers can talk to you about issues, tell you about on- and off-campus services, or just spend some time listening to you vent. 

Volunteers are trained in active listening and helping skills. Everything you tell them is confidential, unless you're at risk or harming yourself or someone else. 

Faith and Spirituality Centre

The Faith and Spirituality Centre (FSC) seeks to cultivate a pluralistic community by encouraging cultural and religious literacy, community building, and social change as an integral part of the student experience.

Visit the FSC

Q Centre

The Students’ Union’s Q Centre is a safe, comfortable and inviting space for the LGBTQA+ community at the University of Calgary to come together.

Visit the Q Centre

Wellness and Health Awareness Team

W.H.A.T. promotes health and wellness in the campus community by connecting students to support on campus to create healthy, sustainable lifestyles. As a student-led health outreach team, Committed to creating a healthier campus community, W.H.A.T. helps to organize health promotion events around campus, focusing on mental health, sexual health and addiction awareness.

Learn more about W.H.A.T

Women's Resource Centre

The WRC's program supports women in making informed choices by providing information and access to resources.

Visit the WRC

Peer Listening

Come visit!

Come virtually visit with a trained student volunteer who is ready to listen and talk with you about your concerns. The peer listener is knowledgeable about on- and off-campus resources that might be suitable for your current experience. Everything you tell them is confidential, unless you're at risk of harming yourself or someone else. Peer listeners are supported by Student Wellness Services.

Peer listening is a drop-in service, if you encounter a Waiting Room the peer listeners may currently be supporting another student, and will admit you when they are able to talk with you. 

Access Peer Listening

We are recruiting!

We are recruiting for Peer Listening volunteers for the 2021 – 2022 academic year! We welcome applicants from both undergraduate and graduate areas of study. Please note that peer listening will be offered virtually for the Fall 2021 semester.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • With a partner, run drop-in peer listening hours from 12-4pm on weekdays through the academic  year, providing a welcoming and non-judgmental space for students to connect and receive support for personal and/or academic concerns.
  • Provide information, resources and referrals to students in need of further support.
  • Additional duties as required (ie. providing peer support at student-run events, participating in training and professional development relevant to the role, participating in ongoing research around peer support models at the University of Calgary)

Qualifications / Eligibility:

  • A minimum of 2 years university experience
  • Excellent active listening, communication and ethical decision-making skills
  • An interest in supporting student mental health and working within the umbrella of Student Wellness Services’ coordinated care model
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours/week of volunteering from September – April
  • Lived experience with mental health challenges would be an asset, but not required

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter and resume to Megan MacKay at megan.mackay@ucalgary.ca. We thank all applicants for their time and interest, please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Peer support

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